This year we will be working to improve the University, the Students’ Union and the student experience for students studying at our Uxbridge campus in the following ways.
Presence at NHS trusts
We will be working with the University and our placement partners to try and get as much information to students on placements as possible. Whether its through posters, leaflets, holding stalls of having meetings with students we want to make sure that students on placements still feel a part of the University and able to turn to us for help and support whilst away from the University
Lobby for time spent as a Student Rep to count as placement time
We understand that students on courses with high placement activity are under enormous time pressures with studying, working on placement and having a life outside university. That is why we believe that time spent as a Student Rep, improving your course for the people around you should be counted towards your placement hours.
Conduct research on the placement experience
As a Students’ Union we have limited understanding of your student experience during placements. We will therefore be holding focus groups and questioning students to find out what it’s really like to be a Bucks student on placement and what we can do to help improve it.
Lobby for accommodation in Uxbridge
The Students’ Union is aware that finding accommodation in and around Uxbridge can be difficult and that the current level of support from the University is unequal to the support available at the High Wycombe campus. Therefore we will be challenging the University to provide accommodation in Uxbridge for students and additional office support.
Research the demand for a shuttle bus
The University has some excellent facilities across both campuses as well as a thriving Students’ Union with a wide range of activities and events. We believe there is a demand for a shuttle bus to help students get between campuses quickly, and into the evening which the current public transport system does not support. We will be researching the need for a shuttle bus for both students and staff and presenting the findings to the University.
Open Officer Surgeries
The Union’s President and Vice-Presidents will be holding regular open surgeries at our Uxbridge campus to find out directly from you how the Union can help support you and also how we can work together to help improve the University.
Social & Recreational Programme
We will be developing our social and recreational programme so that there are even more opportunities for you to socialise with other students. We will also be developing a programme of courses designed to help improve your employability skills such as sign language and child protection courses. A Life after Nursing In the swiftly changing world of healthcare it is not guaranteed that you will go straight to work in the NHS. Some of you may work for a private provider, some students set up their own businesses and others don’t go into healthcare at all. That is why we will be working with the Faculty to raise awareness of the opportunities that our Volunteering Department can offer our students, giving you experience and skills that can add to a more rounded CV.
Research on Assessments, Marking and Feedback
In line with Union campaigns across the institution we are looking into the adherence to the University’s feedback deadlines and we will also be looking into how consistent assessment regulations are applied in some areas. We are also aware of a perception of bias amongst students when it comes to marking. We will therefore be conducting research into the issues and making subsequent policy recommendations.
Fairer Fitness to Practice
Hopefully most of you will never have to go through a Fitness to Practice panel but unfortunately some of you will. The process is there to protect the general public from nurses who are potentially dangerous, or incompetent, and that is something that we as a Union agree with and support. Unfortunately these procedures have been used to punish students who, in our opinion, have committed some fairly innocuous minor academic and historical offences which we find wholly unfair. We want the University to have a robust and transparent system that is fair for all that go through it and that punishes only those offences that truly warrant it.
Research the Experience of WebEx
Since its inception the use of WebEx has been controversial. From feedback we have received we have learnt that some WebEx sessions are out of date and some poor quality. We will be cataloguing all of these complaints and asking further questions to help us find out which are the poor sessions and get them improved for you. We will also be calling for the introduction of regulations to govern the use of flexible and distributed learning.
Campaign for Child Care
There are a growing number of students and staff with children and we believe that the University can do a lot more to help in either sourcing local childcare at competitive rates or running its own service. We will be researching the demand over the next term and making recommendations to the University in an attempt to help find a solution.
As a Union we can improve the way we communicate with students at Uxbridge. Therefore over the next term you will receive more targeted communication via email, as well as over social media. We will also be improving our website content, in addition to coming into classes and holding face to face sessions on campus to spread our message.
Long Term Goal: Develop a virtual Students’ Union
There are an increasing number of students who study part time, are distance learners or spend a significant time away on placement. We believe that we need to adapt to the changing landscape and create an online resource that helps us to connect with our students who are infrequently on campus.
Campaign for more Library space Students have raised concerns that the library at Uxbridge is not big enough to accommodate the amount of students wanting to study. We have taken this feedback and have worked with the University to find a solution to this and the Library will be extended this year.
You can view the complete Uxbridge Campaign document by clicking here.
What do you think of the Uxbridge Campaign? What do you think are the main issues facing Uxbridge students?